Turkey: 'Mining execs detained' after disaster kills hundreds

Turkish police have detained 19 people, including mining company executives, as part of an investigation into the Soma mining disaster, Reuters have reported citing Turkish media.

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Turkey's 'worst mining disaster' kills over 200

A coal mine explosion in Soma in western Turkey is likely to be the country's worst mining disaster, according to Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

The death toll after the Soma mine explosion in western Turkey has reached 205 Credit: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

The death toll has risen to 205 and 500 more miners are feared trapped 2km underground with fires still burning after a substation reportedly exploded, cutting off a lift to the surface.

Turkey's worst mining accident was in 1992, when a gas explosion killed 263 workers in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak.

In May 2010, another gas explosion killed 30 miners, also in Zonguldak province.

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